Apex Wants To Stop Growth To Preserve Quality of Life
Posted May 1, 2000 7:00 a.m. EDT
APEX — Almost every neighborhood is watching growth gobble up the green space, but one community wants to stop the growth before the building gets out of control.
Elaine Mills has a bird's-eye view of a changingApex. Business is booming at her flower shop, but she has seen the town grow from one stoplight to a traffic jam.
"They have cut down on all of the trees, therefore there are no birds and there are no little rabbits," Mills says. "There are things that I took for granted and my children took for granted that my grandchildren will never take for granted because it will be something in a picture book. Our infrastructure was not in place to handle all of the rapid growth."
Town leaders are looking for ways to preserve the picturesque quality of life.
"Without that, growth becomes helter-skelter and disorganized," says Apex Mayor Keith Weatherly.
The town council plans to establish a growth boundary, which will be the future western Wake Expressway when it comes through west of Apex. The council also wants to maintain a 4 percent growth rate.
A final plan should be in place by the end of the summer.